Chelsea Set Sights On High Rated Croatian Striker, Drogba Replacement?

Chelsea is yet again linked to Croatian and HNK Rijeka forward Andrej Kramaric. The young Croatian who returned to the club in 2013 after a one year loan at Lokomotiva has been in sensational form since and this has seen him linked to host of top European clubs lately.

The 23-year-old forward has been in a form of his life this season and that has seen him average almost a goal per game in the Croatian top division league. He has score 37 goals in 41 appearances in the league since moving back to the Stadion Kantrida in 2013.

It is believed that Chelsea is already queuing to snap up the prolific striker especially with his current contract with his club set to expire at the end of current season. The player also has refused to sign a renewed contract prompting speculations he might be eyeing a move to pasture greener.

Chelsea is already snapping up young talents around the world and Kramaric could be one of the few that could yet make their move to Stamford Bridge anytime soon.

Mourinho will be keen to reinforce his attacking options with Didier Drogba likely to retire from playing football and join the coaching staff in the summer. The prospect of joining the attacking bands at Chelsea will be a big attraction for Kramaric who will also see the move as a big step towards fulfilling his football ambitions.

Kramaric would be a good replacement for Drogba as his physique and technique looks to fit the Premier League. His low price tag especially as his contract is set to expire soon will be pocket friendly to Chelsea bearing in mind the Financial Fare Play rule.

Andrej Kramaric has represented Rijeka 63 time since joining the club in 2013 and has score 55goals in all competition for the club. He has scored 21 times in 17 league appearances for HNK Rijeka this season.

The former Dinamo Zagreb youth prodigy has also represented his country Croatia at all youth level starting from the U-14 through to the U-21 with 53 appearances and 23goals to his credit. He was part of the Croatia U-19 side that reached the semi-finals of the Uefa European U-19 football championship in 2010.

He has also represented the Croatian senior side four times scoring two goals after making his senior debut this year.

He will be a good buy for Chelsea and will not have any problem being the third striker at the Club at least for the moment. He will also have opportunity to learn from the likes of Diego Costa and Remy. He is a versatile striker who can play anywhere along the front line though his preferred position is as a lone striker.

His versatility means he can also play behind the main striker as a second striker. He is very mobile and can run behind defence and cause oppositions all sort of problems. He will make a good signing if he decides to join Chelsea say in the summer.

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